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Nevada saw its gaming win fall 45% with the reopening of casinos in June, but the Las Vegas Strip took a biggest hit with a decline of 61% in a reflection of the decline in air travel.

For the year that started July 1, 2019, the gaming win decreased 21.6%, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The reopening of Nevada’s casinos June 4 led to a gaming win of $566.8 million, down 45.5% compared to June 2019 when it was $1.04 billion.

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Clark County saw a decline of 51%, and the Strip was down 61.3%. Downtown fell 55.55% There was greater strength in Reno, Laughlin and among Clark County locals’ casinos. Reno fell 8.5%. Laughlin fell 14.6%. North Las Vegas fell 23.3%. The Boulder Strip fell 32.4%. The balance of Clark County fell 26.1%.

Statewide, slot machine win fell 38% and table game win declined 57%. Race book win fell 27.1% while sportsbook win fell 102.9% ($448,000).

McCarran International Airport handled a little less than 25% of its usual passenger traffic in June as casinos reopened from the coronavirus — a reflection that Las Vegas is relying more on visitors driving in from California and Arizona.

The airport reported it had 1.04 million passengers in June, down 76.6% from 4.4 million in June 2019. Casinos didn’t reopen until June 4th.

For the year, the passenger count stands at 11.6 million, which is down 53.8% from the 25.2 million at the mid-year point in 2019, according to numbers released by the airport.

There were just 70 passengers who came in from international flights, down from 327,127 in June 2019.

Southwest Airlines, the No. 1 airline at McCarran, handled 543,592 passengers, which is 63.5% below the 1.48 million it handled in June 2019.

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Buck Wargo

Buck Wargo is a former journalist with the Los Angeles Times and has been based in Las Vegas as a business, real estate and gaming reporter since 2005.

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